Bet On The 2022 Kentucky Derby – Odds and Picks

The biggest race in the USA is only a few days away and I can feel the hype starting to build up for the horse racing season.  The Kentucky Derby is the second most bet on sporting event in North America, second to only the Super Bowl.

This years Derby will take place this Saturday, May 7th at Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky.

A field of 20 horses is expected to run on Saturday, and with most of the these horses having only competed a few times, it will take some insightful handicapping to pick a winner.

In this article I’ll look at the morning line odds for all of the horses in this years Kentucky Derby and also provide a step by step guide to placing a bet on the Kentucky Derby this year.

2022 Kentucky Derby Morning Line Odds

Here are the morning line odds for the race.  These odds were set by Mike Battaglia for the 48th straight year, and they are considered a prediction of what the odds will be on race day. The odds will change depending on the amount of money bet on each horse leading up to the race.

  1. Mo Donegal 10-1
  2. Happy Jack 30-1
  3. Epicenter 7-2
  4. Summer Is Tomorrow 30-1
  5. Smile Happy 20-1
  6. Messier 8-1
  7. Crown Pride 20-1
  8. Charge It 20-1
  9. Tiz The Bomb 30-1
  10. Zandon 3-1
  11. Pioneer of Medina 30-1
  12. Taiba 12-1
  13. Simplification 20-1
  14. Barber Road 30-1
  15. White Abarrio 10-1
  16. Cyberknife 20-1
  17. Classic Causeway 30-1
  18. Tawny Port 30-1
  19. Zozos 20-1
  20. Ethereal Road 30-1

The horses are listed in order of their post position.

My Pick

I’m on Epicenter to win this race. He was listed as the favorite at most betting sites before the post positions were drawn, and although post 3 is not ideal, I still think he’s the fastest horse in the field and will find a way to win the race.

Epicenter has won four of his last five races, including defeating Zandon, the morning line favourite for the Derby, at the Risen Star G2 race in February. Epicenter won that race decisively and I think he likely had more in the tank that he didn’t need to use with such a big lead down the stretch. Epicenter has proven to be a winner and I think he will prove that he was the rightful favorite prior to the morning line with a win on Saturday.

Play: Epicenter 7-2

At the time of this article you can bet on Epicenter in the sportsbook at odds of +450. I think that’s a great value bet because I expect him to close near his +350 morning line odds on race day.

How To Bet On 2022 Kentucky Derby in the USA

Here’s a quick 3 step guide to betting on the Kentucky Derby if you live in the USA.

Step 1. Open a Account

First you’ll need to open an account at  They are a popular and trusted sportsbook that accepts American residents and also one of our top rated bookies for US players.  BetOnline caters their sportsbook toward the American public, which means easy deposits and withdrawals, and a betting site that is customized for the needs of Americans.

BetOnline is currently offering a sign up bonus of $1000. They also offer a risk free $25 bet for horse racing that can be used on the Kentucky Derby.

Step 2. Make Your Deposit

You’ll need to make a deposit in order to have funds to bet on the race.  BetOnline accepts Bitcoin, Ethereum, other cryptocurrencies and credit cards.

Step 3. Place Your Kentucky Derby Bets

You should now be ready to bet on the Kentucky Derby!  Click on ‘Racebook’ and then select ‘Churchill Downs’ and race #12 on May 7th to find the parimutuel odds for the Kentucky Derby on race day.

If you’re placing your wagers before race day, you can select ‘Horses Racing’ -> ‘Horses Daily’ -> ‘Churchill Downs’ in the ‘Sports’ section of the website. Here is a screenshot of the odds in the sportsbook (taken on May 3rd):

**I included the horses with 16-1 odds or shorter in the screenshot.

I think that’s it guys.  Ready to bet?  Click here to visit

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